Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1985 Horror / Occult
movie starring Mark Torgl, Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen et al.
Troma Entertainment also made a (horrible) film called "Sizzle Beach USA" (1986) which features a very young Kevin Costner as John Logan.
Oscar winner Marisa Tomei
has a role as an extra in the spa. It's just barely there, but the DVD contains an option to take you directly to the freeze frame. Perhaps the academy had this in mind when she won for My Cousin Vinny.
Jennifer Babtist (Wanda) and Robert Prichard (Slug) fell in love on the set and were married shortly after filming. They also appeared, along with many other stars of this film, in the other 80's Troma classic "the Class of Nuke 'Em High".
Always known for political incorrectness, Troma reportedly received an extremely high number of complaints (even for them) regarding a scene in which a seeing-eye dog is shot.
Aint it also the only comedy/horror to show a kid gettin killed?
Since the title was not decided upon until post-production, the name Toxic Avenger was never used during the film; he is only referred to as "monster hero".
Has spawned 3 sequels to date, as well as a children's cartoon show ("Toxic Crusaders"), video games, and action figures. Thanks to licensing, some estimates put the film's gross in the high 8 to low 9 figures, a film which cost less than $500,000 to make.
Director/Creator Lloyd Kaufman published an autobiography entitled "All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger".
Toxie's likeness has been used in many environmental campaigns, such as those for Ralph Nader's Green Party. He is also the namesake of a group of Brooklyn environmentalists known as the Toxic Avengers.
Contributed by: Douglas Cornish
The Toxic Avenger also had a comic published by Marvel in the early '90s, launched just after the release of The Toxic Crusaders cartoon. Unfortunately it was cancelled after only 11 issues due to poor sales.